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Preparing Middle School Students for College – What Parents Can Do Robert Frost Middle school Principal - Parent Breakfast January 13, 2012. J. Darius Greene Acting Director of Student Affairs College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland. Topics of discussion.

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Preparing Middle School Students for College – What Parents Can DoRobert Frost Middle schoolPrincipal - Parent BreakfastJanuary 13, 2012

J. Darius Greene

Acting Director of Student Affairs

College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland

topics of discussion
Topics of discussion
  • Current state of higher education
  • Admission criteria
  • Year-by-Year steps
  • Funding opportunities
  • Tips for successful applicants and parents
current state of higher education
Current state of higher education
  • Competitive admission standards
  • Tuition increases
  • Attainable!!!
  • Various options
    • Traditional
      • 4 year colleges/universities
      • Community colleges
    • Online campuses
    • Specialized
      • Music Conservatories, Graphic /Interior Design, Fashion, Culinary Arts
general admission criteria
General Admission Criteria
  • Academic performance and potential for college success
  • Standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)
  • Potential to contribute to campus and community
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Specific criteria include:
    • SAT II’s
    • Admissions office/Alumni Interview
admission criteria sample list of all factors
Admission Criteria – Sample list of all factors

High School Achievement Extracurricular Activities

Grades in Academic Subjects Special Talents or Skills

Progression of Performance Community Involvement

Rank in Class (actual or percentile) Community Service

Written Expression of Ideas (Essay) Demonstrated Leadership

Gender Academic Endeavors Outside the Classroom

SAT I or ACT Scores Quality of Coursework

Work Experience Residency Status

Recognition of Special Achievements Race

Extenuating Circumstances Ethnicity

Socio-Economic Background Family Educational Background

Geographic Origin Learning Differences

Breadth of Life Experiences English as a Second Language/Language Spoken at Home

University of Maryland, 2012 -

admission profiles entering freshmen c lass
Admission Profiles – Entering Freshmen Class
  • Towson University (
    • 15,704 applied
    • 8,954 admitted (admit rate: 57%)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (
    • 23,753 applied
    • 7,469 admitted (admit rate: 31%)
  • Brown University (
    • 30,944 applied
    • 2,757 admitted (admit rate: 9%)

*profiles subject to change*

what to do year by year middle school
What to do Year-by-Year – Middle School
  • Identify academic strengths and stress the need for challenging coursework
    • Example: foreign language(s); develop strong math and science foundation
    • Enroll in university summer academic programs/camps
      • Get a feel for the college environment
    • Visit campuses for ‘community days’
      • Example: University of Maryland’s ‘Maryland Day’ – April 28, 2012
what to do year by year 9 th grade
What to do Year-by-Year – 9th Grade
  • Begin taking rigorous curriculum (1-2 honors courses)
  • Join clubs/organizations to develop leadership skills
  • Community service involvement
  • Research several college/university websites
what to do year by year 10 th grade
What to do Year-by-Year – 10th Grade
  • Continue challenging curriculum – more college prep/honors classes!
  • Take PSAT
  • Strengthen relationship with guidance counselors
  • Narrow college search
    • Define ‘type’ and setting of college/university
      • Public vs. private; large vs. small; urban vs. non-urban campus
  • Contact colleges for information
  • Participate in academic summer camp(s) of desired major
what to do year by year 11 th grade
What to do Year-by-Year – 11th Grade
  • Increase enrollment in College Prep/Honors/AP/IB classes
  • Meet with guidance counselor to discuss application process
  • Identify teacher(s) who will write strong recommendation letters
  • Prepare and take SAT/ACT
  • Visit colleges (Campus Tours, Open Houses, etc)
  • Enroll in academic summer camps – possibly for college credit

Very important academic year!

what to do year by year 12 th grade
What to do Year-by-Year – 12th Grade
  • College Prep/Honors/AP/IB classes! Do not get Senioritis!
  • Meet with guidance counselors and teachers to define strengths to highlight in recommendation letters
  • Meet all application deadlines (admissions and financial aid)!
    • Early decision – binding; if admitted, must attend; very selective
    • Priority deadline – for best consideration for admission
    • Regular deadline – typically later admissions cycle
  • Schedule personalized visit with faculty of colleges/universities
funding opportunities
Funding Opportunities
  • Start researching scholarships now!
  • Research university websites for specific funding opportunities
  • Apply and meet deadlines for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for each institution!
  • Meet with financial aid counselors to develop financial plan
  • Useful websites:

successful applicants
Successful applicants…
  • Are globally aware, analytical, creative, and effective communicators
  • Meet all application deadlines (admissions and financial aid)!!!
  • Tell their story in the application
    • Articulate the value/meaning of each experience
    • Helps the reviewer make a connection with applicant
  • Visit campuses and maintain contact with college representatives
  • Participate in dual-enrollment programs or take summer courses at local community college
  • Let the student lead the process
  • Provide support, encouragement and guidance
  • Shouldn’t compare their students to others
  • Remember to relax…and celebrate all successes!

J. Darius Greene

Acting Director of Student Affairs

College of Arts and Humanities

University of Maryland